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Being a mom is challenging, so as a survival instinct we find the easiest, most efficient way of doing things. I want to save you the trouble of trial and error, so I’m going to share with you all the worthwhile hacks I’ve learned since becoming a mom. Read on to learn how to hack mom life.
The Top 20 Hacks
1. Laundry Basket in the Tub
Get a normal, rectangular laundry basket and drill about six small holes in the corners. Place this laundry basket in your bathtub. When you bathe your older baby/toddler, the laundry basket gives them support with slates they can grip. It also keeps the toys contained so that they don’t keep floating out of reach.
The holes drilled in the bottom helps facilitate the water draining out once the bath is over.
2. Bib Storage
Put a large command hook on the back of the high chair. Use this hook to store bibs. This frees up drawer storage space and makes sure that you always have a bib handy at
3. Activity Board
Babies love to play with household items that you may not like them playing with. Examples include phones, doorstops, lights, and buttons. One way to satisfy your baby’s curiosity in a parent-approved way is to create a board that incorporates these ‘forbidden’ items. We created one with doorstops (that don’t have caps that come off), push lights, a big metal hook, a tape measure,
4. The Perfect Storage Containers
Those drink mix packets that you can get at any store, come in plastic containers that are perfect for storage. These containers fit inside the bottle pockets in diaper bags and are the exact size to fit graham crackers. You can also store other snacks in them.
5. Size Up on Diapers at Night
6. Make Diaper Bag Stroller Straps that Actually Work
Sometimes diaper bags will come with stroller straps, but these seem to always be too short. I bought a hook to hang my bag on but it kept swinging all over the place. The solution that finally worked was to use a thin chain and clip to make hooks for the diaper bag. These work so much better than the ones that came with my diaper bag.
7. Use Gallon Ziploc Bags for Everything
Gallon bags are amazing. They are great to keep in your diaper bag for storing dirty diapers or dirty clothes. You can also use them when packing. We use gallon bags for each outfit complete with all accessories.
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8. Clip a Toy to Your Diaper Bag
Diaper bag space is at a premium, but it’s a good idea to always have a toy handy. Get a toy with a clip or ring and hang it from the outside of your diaper bag. I like this one and this one. This way you always have one, but it doesn’t use up any precious space.
9. Add a Clip to Your Diaper Bag
As a mom you will learn to juggle a million things and keeping track of keys can be hard. Put a carabinier clip on the outside of your diaper bag. Then when you get out of the car, hook your key ring onto the clip. That way your keys are readily accessible but secure. I use a clip with a locking mechanism so that my keys don’t accidentally fall off.
10. Warm Bottles in a Coffee Mug
When you are getting up in the middle of the night to feed the
11. Store Diaper Change Items in a Top Drawer
Instead of taking up space with a diaper change caddy, use the top dresser drawer to store all the items you need for a diaper change. Plastic storage baskets are perfect for keeping this drawer organized. This is also helpful when your baby gets a little older and wants to get into everything that is accessible. If the diaper change things are stored inside a closed drawer, the temptation to get into them is removed.
12. Roll Baby Clothes
Baby clothes are small, so you can fit a lot into a drawer. However, when you start stacking them the ones on the top get worn and the bottom ones get outgrown without ever being worn. By rolling clothes to store them, you can fill the drawer and still see everything that’s in there for ready access. Join my organization challenge where I explain exactly how I roll baby clothes to make sure I can see what’s on them.
13. Create a Dump Bucket
Babies that are just learning to sit-
14. Use an Ottoman for Toy Storage
Ottomans are perfect for storing toys because they can also double as seating in your living room, look nice and still allow easy toy access.
15. Roll a Spare Outfit for Your Diaper Bag
Use the rolling technique below to put together an entire spare outfit that only takes up a little space in the diaper bag. By rolling the entire outfit together, you have quick access to a full change of clothes in case of an accident while you are out.
16. Super Glue Bath Toys Before Use
Those bath toys that have holes to squirt water may be fun, but the inside gets moldy after only a few uses. To prevent this, put super glue over the hole prior to the first use. Your baby can still have fun playing with them, and you don’t have to worry about the inside filling with mold.
17. Remove a Couch Cushion to Help Baby Stand and Climb
When babies are learning to pull up to stand, they need something low but sturdy. The couch with cushions is usually too high, but if you remove a cushion, it’s much lower. You can then put a favorite toy or snack on the couch and encourage baby to pull up and get it. This also works to teach baby to climb onto things.
18. Decorate the Nursery with Stock Photos
You want to put together a cute nursery for your baby, but after a couple of years they will want a new theme, and this cycle will continue. Instead of spending a lot of money on prints or painting or using decals on the walls, purchase some simple frames and get prints of stock photos. These photos tie together a nice nursery theme but are inexpensive. When it’s time for a new theme, just replace the photos. You can grab great stock photos at Pixabay.
19. Use Expandable Legal Folders to Store Puzzles
Chunky board puzzles are great for babies and toddlers. However, storing them can be hard. They don’t have nice boxes like more advanced puzzles and the racks designed for storage take up prime floor space. Instead of this, use expandable legal folders to store the puzzles. They can then be placed upright in a decorative box.
20. Use the Baby Story App for Milestones Instead of Stickers
Everyone wants cute monthly pictures, but the stickers don’t stick well and after a couple of months, babies start pulling them off. Instead of spending $12 on a pack of stickers, spend $6 to get full access to the Baby Story app. You can use some of the features for free, but the full access gives you everything you could want. This app provides a variety of monthly “sticker designs” as well as other fun designs and the ability to add text. It’s really simple to use and lets you customize the color of everything.
There are the top 20 mom hacks that are worth your time. Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments.
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